Eat and Drink The Pennsy: Penn Station food makes a giant leap with Mario Batali, Pat LaFrieda, Marc Forgione, more By Georgia Kral Updated January 11, 2016 3:36 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email Great food, at Penn Station? That idea is no longer a dream, but a reality. Ask anyone who works near the transit hub or commutes through it daily and they'll tell you that, in recent years, lunch and dining options have been limited. That's all changed with Monday's opening of The Pennsy. Take a look inside the new 8,000 square-foot food hall (thepennsy.nyc), located at 2 Penn Plaza. Open Monday - Saturday, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. The Pennsy is a new food hall by Penn Station Photo Credit: Georgia Kral The Pennsy has great food but also a fair amount of seating -- perfect for a meeting or lunch date. Show your client you're hip and schedule your next appointment there. Yes, this is right by Penn Station! Photo Credit: Georgia Kral Fresh flowers lined tables for the opening on Jan. 11. We're hoping they last through the long, cold winter. Chef Mario Batali is very involved Photo Credit: Georgia Kral "There's a lot of mediocre food around here," Batali said, referring to the area surrounding Penn Station. "Now look at this!" Beyond working with celebrity caterer Mary Giuliani to create the menu at Mario by Mary, he will also play a role in future events in connection with The Pennsy, he said. There will be music events and a "cooking stories" series featuring Batali and other chefs (he mentioned Action Bronson!) talking about food. Hit up The Little Beet Photo Credit: Georgia Kral Chef Franklin Becker has opened up a second outpost of his veggie-focused and gluten-free eats counter The Little Beet at The Pennsy. The first is located at 135 W. 50th St. "People are wiser right now" about their food choices, he said during the Jan. 11 opening. The Little Beet, this ain't Photo Credit: Georgia Kral Each food stall has a symbol to distinguish it. The Little Beet is signified with this big beet. Behind the counter at Pat LaFrieda Photo Credit: Georgia Kral The famous meat purveyor (Shake Shack uses a blend of its ground beef for its burgers) has opened his first eatery at The Pennsy. Dig into snacks like chocolate-covered animal crackers and potato chips or steak sandwiches (duh). Pat LaFrieda's steak symbol Photo Credit: Georgia Kral Just so you're not confused, beef is the thing at Pat LaFrieda. Lobster Press Photo Credit: Georgia Kral Chef Marc Forgione has opened his first fast-casual concept devoted to all things lobster at The Pennsy. Coconut lobster bisque and chile lobster salad for all! Italian wedding soup (that's actually a sandwich) Photo Credit: Georgia Kral Mario Batali's stall at The Pennsy is run with the operator of the food hall, Mary Giuliani. Mario by Mary prepares a variety of panini and soups, but chef Batali recommends Lucille's wedding soup as the dish to order. It's Italian wedding soup, "but in a sandwich!" Batali said. Or get the Pat LaFrieda steak sandwich Photo Credit: The Pennsy Hungry office workers need this. The sandwich, made with Black Angus steak, Monterey jack cheese, caramelized onions and au jus, is like Christmas dinner on bread. A ciabatta roll, to be exact. $15. "The Chance" corned-beef sandwich by Lobster Press Photo Credit: The Pennsy Chef Marc Forgione takes a break from the lobster with this corned-beef sandwich, made with house-cured meat, Jarlsberg, red sauerkraut and Russian dressing on rye. The Cinnamon Snail doughnut Photo Credit: Georgia Kral The popular vegan food truck The Cinnamon Snail has opened its first location not on wheels at the Pennsy. Choose from sandwiches and bowls and, of course, a variety of doughnuts and pastries. Colorful cake squares Photo Credit: Georgia Kral At Mario by Mary, grab a pretty cake square. Stools! Photo Credit: Georgia Kral Of course you want to sit on a wood stool and enjoy your lobster sandwich. Gaze out on beautiful Penn Plaza Photo Credit: Georgia Kral The comfort of these couches just might be enough to transport you. Inside The Pennsy Photo Credit: Georgia Kral Thoughtful lighting will surely help you Instagram your food. Coffee, of course Photo Credit: Georgia Kral No food hall would be complete without a coffee bar. At the Pennsy, they pour La Colombe coffee. Retro chairs at the bar Photo Credit: Georgia Kral We can see many Penn Station-area workers downing drinks at the Pennsy bar during happy hour. By Georgia Kral Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More on this topic The Bowery Market and more food halls to check outNo longer will one restaurant suffice. We want options. Ladybird, Mile End and more new restaurants to visit Stay in the know on new restaurants. Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.